Heard, and overheard

Jun 24 2010   4:41AM GMT

Are we prepared for the rainy day?



Posted by: Anilpatrick
Tags:
BCP
crisis communication
DR

The world knows us by the (dubious) title of IT superpower, but how much does IT contribute to India’s economy? Not much, since we still remain an economy largely based on agriculture. So let’s put aside those pretences, and start praying for good rains this year, shall we?

Before you fire off those requisitions to the almighty, it might be a good idea to take a moment and evaluate how prepared your organization is when it comes to the acronyms DR and BCP. The standard reply for most organizations is, “Yes, our house is mostly in order”.

Now, ‘mostly’ is a very subjective term. Many organizations who take the ‘mostly’ line typically face data center issues or IT infrastructure downtime when the Indian monsoons strike. Many a time, these are also the organizations where you’ll find the IT team wading through flooded lanes right outside the data center. Or worse still, stuck inside the server rooms!

Yes, things do go wrong irrespective of what you do. But life becomes more manageable when your organization is braced for it. Having a proper crisis communication plan, along with effective disaster recovery processes, and practical business continuity strategies is the only way out in such a context. So, do get past the ‘mostly’ syndrome this year atleast.

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